An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries, Volume II: On Women

ISBN : 9780192842855

Karen Bauer; Feras Hamza
688 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Qur'anic Studies Series

Building on the success of Anthology, Volume I: On the Nature of the Divine, this second volume in the series focuses on a critical and contentious theme: Women in the Qur'an and traditional Qur'anic commentaries. It comprises analysis of the female subject in the Qur'an, annotated translations of Qur'anic commentaries spanning twelve centuries, interviews of contemporary Muslim scholars and extensive introductory materials, which frame the work throughout and render these technically complex materials accessible to the reader. On Women begins with a critical introduction to the study of women and gender in the genre of Qur'anic commentaries. A unique prolegomenon then follows key Qur'anic terms in a chronological sequence, showing how the Qur'an's world view on women developed from the earliest Meccan revelations, when women were addressed only implicitly as a part of households or in the course of anti-pagan polemic, to the period of the final revelations in Medina, when women were addressed directly as pious and social subjects. The remainder of the volume translates, critically annotates, and analyses interpretations of six select Qur'anic verses on women. These verses, chosen because of their relevance to women's lived experience, speak of the creation of humankind beginning with a single soul (Q. 4:1); the exemplary figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus (Q. 3:35-6); women's status in marriage (Q. 4:34); women's legal testimony and hence legal capacity (Q. 2:282); and 'veiling' as it relates to Qur'anic norms of modesty (Q. 24:31). While highlighting variation, continuity, and plurality in the genre of Qur'anic commentaries, Volume II goes beyond medieval interpretive paradigms to include perspectives marginalised by that tradition, such as the voices of women themselves.


Prolegomenon: The Qur'an on Women
The Commentators and their Commentaries
1 Creation of the First Woman (Q. 4:1)
2 Mary (Q. 3:35-6)
3 Marital Roles (Q. 4:34)
4 The Veil (Q. 24:31)
5 Women's Testimony (Q. 2:282)
Prosopographical Appendix


Dr Karen Bauer is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She is the author of Gender Hierarchy in the Qurqan: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses and editor of Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur'anic Exegesis (2nd/8th-9th/15th Centuries.). She, as well, has written numerous articles on the history of Qur'anic interpretation, on women's status in Islamic interpretation and on the history of emotions in Islam.; Dr Feras Hamza is Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE, and is also a Research Fellow in the Qur'anic Studies Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He co-edited (with Sajjad Rizvi and Farhana Mayer) An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries, Volume I: On the Nature of the Divine (OUP 2008) and is the general series editor for the multi-volume project Anthologies of Qur'anic Commentaries. He has authored several historical articles on the early Muslim community, as well as articles on the epistemological and methodological approaches in Qur'anic and tafsir studies. He is currently working on a hermeneutics-based project entitled Time and Narrative in the Qur'an.